H.M.S. Pinafore by Gilbert & Sullivan
Thursday, July 9, 8pm
Friday, July 10, 8pm
Saturday, July 11, 8pm
Sunday, July 12, 3pm
Anderson Center Chamber Hall
4400 Vestal Parkway E.
Vestal, NY 13850
Charge tickets online at the website; box office opens at noon every day: (607) 777-4237
The Summer Savoyards proudly present their 49th glorious summer season of sparkling Gilbert & Sullivan operettas July 9-12, 2009: H.M.S. Pinafore, to be performed in the air-conditioned Chamber Hall at the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University Campus.
The longest-running community theater group in the Greater Binghamton area, Summer Savoyards welcomes all performers, musicians and crew members with an interest in putting on a full-fledged musical theater production, complete with full orchestra, sumptuous costumes, and a delightfully nautical set. Participants range in age from 10 to 70, with enthusiastic amateurs rubbing elbows with seasoned performers. The unique blend of forces produces a vibrant show!
H.M.S. Pinafore was the first big hit for Gilbert & Sullivan, who also gave the world The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance and several other funny, musical shows that really helped shape modern musical theater when they first appeared in London in the late 1800's. The bigger-than-life characters and whistle-worthy tunes captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.
The operetta's gentle satire builds upon the theme of love between members of different social classes. The gentlemanly Captain of the Pinafore, who claims that he would never swear at his crew (What, Never?), does not know that his daughter Josephine has fallen in love with a common sailor (Ralph Rackstraw) serving on her father's ship. Meanwhile, the Captain has arranged for her to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B (whose sisters, cousins and aunts accompany him wherever he goes). Sir Joseph himself has risen from humble beginnings to gain his office by political acumen, despite having never gone to sea! And the Captain himself fancies the poor bumboat woman, Little Buttercup. Fear not: it all works out in the end. Hip, hip, hoorah!